today, the word “peace” was on my heart. ironically, during the day, i didn’t feel any peace.
during the past few days, i feel that my spirit has felt anxious and restless. one thing that i’ve craved is peace. i felt restless and moody and rude. it was just one of those days where my patience and my grace was wearing thin and i felt like i was on the brink of tears or a mental breakdown within seconds.
but, as i was sitting in one of my classes that i had resented attending, i heard the holy spirit whisper “peace” and place that word on my heart.
it’s not till now that it makes sense and i can see why “peace” had so much importance today.
for my reading tonight, i read james five. i’ve been reading through the book of james recently and in all honesty, this book has been changing and shaping my life.
james five is the last book of james and it speaks on how things of this world are temporary and we are called to be patient and steadfast in awaiting the return of jesus. however, there are a few things that really spoke to me and God revealed to me how we, as believers, can achieve peace.
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” -James 5:7-9
james five has a whole segment on patience. when i read this, i felt convicted because i am not patient. i am a control freak and a perfectionist to the bone. when i have an idea of what i want to accomplish or i see something that i would like, patience flies out the window and i find myself asking God for something right NOW and craving that immediate gratification, failing to wait further.
but “patient” is defined as waiting for God to move.
that’s truly what patience is. it’s surrendering control of your life to the Lord, abiding in Him and waiting for Him to move on His timing, not yours.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” -James 5:13-14
i like that collection of verses because it lays out some practical problems and provides a practical solution: pray.
oh, there have been SO many times when my immediate response to a problem is to attempt to fix it myself instead of yield it to God through prayer.
i think the most powerful thing we can do is get down on our knees and submit ourselves to the will of God whenever we face any problems.
here’s the thing: God wants you to pray. He’s listening.
verse sixteen reads,”the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
WOW. that’s a good reminder. as a children of the light, your prayers are WORKING. often times, i think we believe our prayers are not working or aren’t being answered just because God is not moving in the way we expect Him too.
however, as His children, He hears us and He sees our hearts. we just have to remember that sometimes “unanswered prayers” may seem to be unanswered because of God’s protection and blessing.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” -James 5:13
lastly, in order to have peace, we must praise. praise is worshipping and thanking God for everything, regardless of the circumstances.
we praise God not because He does good things for us, but because He himself is GOOD and He is God.
our praise to God is definitely not dependent on the comfort or the happiness we have in our lives. our praise should be given no matter what the circumstances, the suffering and the discomfort we face.
especially in suffering we should praise. at all times rejoice, not just when life is happy-go-lucky and it seems like everything is perfect.
this is how everything connects to peace:
i think that when we have patience and allow God to move, when we pray in all situations and when we praise despite the circumstances, we yield peace through our steadfastness in the Lord and can trust in His purpose.
one last “p”. don’t forget that God has PURPOSE. through our patience, prayer and praise that yields our peace, we can trust in God’s purpose.
at this time, i need peace because i don’t trust God’s purpose. as a perfectionist, it is so hard for me to let go of the reins and allow God to execute His plan in my life.
it is so scary and so hard to allow God to move when we have no idea what direction He may move in. but, i think we can have the ultimate peace in knowing that God is guiding our lives and providing His best for us. as a perfect father, God’s plan is always good and always best for His children, despite our failure to always understand.
God’s got you. you’re in His hands and in that, we can have the ultimate peace.